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Free Download – Yellowstone River Guide Book

Download your FREE guide today!Trout Headwaters, Inc. is pleased to support free downloads of Your Guide to Conservation, Recreation, Education and Resources – The Yellowstone River Guide Book.  This beautiful concise guide gives you everything you need to plan your Yellowstone adventure. More, it provides stakeholders with valuable conservation information and many resource links to insure this national treasure is forever conserved and protected. Enjoy a digital copy with our compliments  >Free Download

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The Yellowstone River – Still the Longest Undammed River in the Lower 48?

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Montana Department of Environmental Quality have issued a joint notice advising plans currently being considered by the District Engineer at Omaha, Nebraska.  According to the notice NOW-2008-02556-MTB the applicant is intending to “conduct periodic placement of rock” on the existing diversion dam and to enable full flows to the applicant even in the event of severe water shortages in the Yellowstone.

The project reach at Intake Dam east of Glendive, Montana is occupied habitat for Pallid Sturgeon, an endangered species presently under federal and state protections.  According to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks:  “It’s present range in Montana includes the Lower Yellowstone River where damming, channelizing and diking has destroyed much of its habitat.”  More http://fwp.mt.gov/fishAndWildlife/species/endangered/pallidSturgeon/

Photo below of the dam on the Yellowstone River at Intake proposed for yet more rock.

Dam across Yellowstone-IntakeMT

Read a copy of a recent Public Notice:  NWO-2008-02556-MTB or via http://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Portals/23/docs/regulatory/publicnotices/MT/NWO-2008-02556-MTB.pdf

Public Comment should be directed to the US Army Corps of Engineers, PO Box 2256, Billings MT 59103 or by calling direct to Cathy Juhas at USACE (406) 657-5910.

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Rotenone? 1952 Called and Wants Its Fisheries Management Strategy Back

A recent study in the Transactions of the American Fisheries Society  (Volume 142, Issue 1, 2013) reports that after two decades, wild trout in the Blackfoot River Basin of Montana are still benefiting from stream restoration efforts.

That’s great news that a peer-reviewed study finds a positive correlation between restoration and wild trout populations.  Habitat restoration offers numerous ecological benefits, many of which are far too complex to fully understand.

What is of concern in this study is why resource agencies will loudly proclaim the benefits of habitat restoration in one stream reach, but quietly use poisons to destroy habitat in another reach. The Blackfoot Challenge Project, in its difficult to find, yet technically public, planning documents clearly indicates stream poisoning and restocking as a restoration strategy, in the following sections:

2.5.1 Experimentally remove established brook trout populations;
2.5.2  Suppress northern pike in Clearwater Lakes chain;
3.1.2 Aggressively protect remaining native species complexes… by aggressively removing any nonnative invaders;
4. 3 Develop genetic management plans and guidelines for appropriate use of transplantation and artificial propagation.

What you will not find in this document are words like “rotenone,” “Antimycin-A,” “fish-toxicants,” “piscicides,” and common phrases like “native trout restoration.”  These terms are increasingly being cleansed from agency documents and discourse.  Now those responsible for sterilizing streams in the name of ‘restoration’ are avoiding mention of the lethal policies and practices.

The flawed logic of single-species management by any name, is severely damaging to aquatic ecosystems.  How can poisoning all of the living inhabitants of a stream reach, containing the intricate web of life that supports trout at its apex, be considered restorative? More than 70% of the funding for The Blackfoot Challenge comes from tax dollars.  Does it make sense to use tax dollars to restore riparian areas in one place and poison streams in another?

Our company believes protecting and restoring healthy, functioning freshwater streams and wetlands to sustain a high diversity of organisms is a much more effective and economical way of conserving species.

“Ecosystems will increasingly be a melting pot of long-term residents and of new arrivals,” said a team of scientists in the journal, Nature, calling conservationists to a new way of thinking.

Visit StopRiverKilling.org: http://www.stopriverkilling.org.

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How to Keep Trout Streams Cool in a Warming Climate

BrownTrout.Patrick Fulkrod PhotoThis month National Geographic reported that anglers who flock to Montana in search of their own authentic A River Runs Through It experience are out of luck. “On September 4, the Blackfoot River, centerpiece of Norman Maclean’s beloved story…was closed to fishing by in an effort to protect fish from the stress of low stream flows.”

Such river closures have become more common in recent years, in Montana and beyond.  Lower flows and warmer waters may be exacerbated by changes in climate, but the underlying problem cannot be solved by river closures.  A reduction in angler days won’t add more water to the stream.

At Trout Headwaters, Inc. we think the only solution to the rapid shifts brought on by climate change with regard to our rivers and streams is protection and restoration of these resources.  Cooler water will be achieved through conservative water use for agriculture, and healthier, well-vegetated floodplains to add shade.  Healthy streamside vegetation and protected flow levels act as a hedge against temperature extremes, drought, fire, floods, and pollutants from headwaters to deltas.

The time is now to restore these resources to their fullest potential for water quantity and quality and associated aquatic life.  To discuss your water conservation, or stream restoration project, contact THI today.

Read more: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/09/130918-angling-fishing-climate-change-global-warming-science/


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Voluntary Landowner Pact to Protect Montana’s Big Hole River Grayling Is Helping

In a recent Montana Standard newspaper article, John Grant Emeigh reported that 33 ranchers along Montana’s Big Hole River are working together to limit their water usage from the river as it suffers from two years of drought.

A voluntary pact has been in effect since 2006 involving about 90 percent of the ranches affecting the upper reaches of the Big Hole. The river is the year-round home to the rare, fluvial Arctic Grayling. Emma Cayer, state fisheries biologist charged with preservation of grayling, said a combination of river restoration projects and cooperation from ranchers are helping the river through these lean years.

“These ranchers have been incredible about turning water back into the river,” Cayer said in the Standard.

Read more: http://mtstandard.com/news/state-and-regional/damage-control-low-big-hole-river-raises-concern-steps-taken/article_7378d242-0b9b-11e3-9710-001a4bcf887a.html

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Trout Headwaters Started with a Customer Before a Company

Michael Sprague.Oceanographic Museum.Submarine

Michael Sprague in an early submarine, Monaco Oceanographic Museum.

by THI President and Founder, Michael Sprague

At Trout Headwaters (THI) we have a “customer-first” philosophy.  But considering our firm’s fortuitous beginnings, we really couldn’t have done it any other way.  You see, THI started with a customer first.

For any business having a customer before it officially offered products or services would be unusual, but ours enjoyed such fortune.  I remember the day in 1995 that I met with the new owner of a Montana ranch.  I was just happy to be out of the office on a warm summer day; the kind of day every Montanan waits for after a long winter.  As the owner and I walked the property and examined the condition of Brackett Creek, I made a few notes on the pad I carried. This stream had been a lounging place for cattle, and it showed, but I could feel its potential for trout.

”Well,” Mr. Enrico asked me, “what would you do with this stream if it were on your property?”  I told him that I’d start by trying to figure out what he had, what was working, and what wasn’t.  This process, called assessment, or “baseline-assessment” to be precise, would eventually become the backbone of THI’s turn-key approach to stream, river and wetland restoration and repair.

“So, you’ll send me a proposal?” he said.  And without ceremony, Roger Enrico, the soon to be Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, would become my new firm’s first customer.  Having a customer before we had a business has served us well.  We didn’t have a preconceived idea of what we would do for our customer, which gave us special insight into the importance of the customer’s needs, wishes and dreams.  From our first customer, our  “customer-first” philosophy has directed our firm, products, and processes.  From such a beginning, maintaining focus on our customers has remained our top priority.

Mr. Enrico was the first of many customers who would teach our firm how to provide value.  We’ve listened carefully to the men and women who have supported the company as customers, employees and affiliates, letting their combined vision, goals and expertise help guide our initiatives and meet each set of challenges.  Contact THI today to discuss your freshwater restoration or enhancement needs.

Learn more: http://troutheadwaters.com/clubecoblu/?page_id=648

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The Yellowstone River Guide to Conservation, Recreation, Education and More

Trout Headwaters, Inc is pleased to release the 2013 FREE Yellowstone River Guide  for Conservation, Recreation, Education and other Resources.  This brand new guide gives you everything you need to plan your Yellowstone adventure for a short half-day or for a month.  More, it provides stakeholders with valuable conservation information and many resource links to insure this national treasure is forever conserved and protected.  Download a .pdf  THI.The Yellowstone Guide or download Free eBook for iPad via http://www.troutheads.org

For shops, lodges, guides and others wishing to order FREE hardcopies of the printed brochure please contact us to request.

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WATCH: Online Screening of the New Adventure Documentary ‘Where the Yellowstone Goes’ at Outside Magazine Online

Join Outside Magazine Online via http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/water-activities/paddling/WATCH-Free-Screening-of-the-New-Adventure-Film-Where-the-Yellowstone-Goes.html for a remarkable 30-day journey down the largest stretch of undammed river in the lower 48 states.

Watch a free screening Thursday, December 20, from 7 to 10 p.m. ET  of Where the Yellowstone Goes ,  an account of director Hunter Weeks’s 30-day journey down the longerst undammed river in the continental United States. Along the way he meets a host of odd characters and gets lost in the history of this magical watershed.

Starting at 8 p.m. ET, the filmmakers will join us to answer your questions.

Where the Yellowstone Goes follows a 30-day drift boat journey down the longest “undammed” river in the lower 48. The adventure gets serious when the crew passes through the clean up efforts of the 2011 Exxon Mobil oil spill on the Yellowstone River. The story captures intimate portraits of locals in both booming cities and dusty, dwindling towns along the Yellowstone, illustrating the history and controversies surrounding this enigmatic watershed and, inevitably, leading to questions about its future. Connect with colorful characters, get lost in the hypnotic cast of a fly rod, and experience silhouetted moments of fireside stories on this heartfelt river adventure. Award-winning director Hunter Weeks (https://twitter.com/hunterweeks) (10 MPH, Ride the Divide) presents a thoughtful exploration of life on America’s great undammed river, the Yellowstone.

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You can buy Where the Yellowstone Goes on iTunes via https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/where-the-yellowstone-goes/id568038692 or at WheretheYellowstoneGoes.com. http://www.wheretheyellowstonegoes.com/

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TroutHeads Gear for the Holidays!

Unique Gifts for the Trout Head in Your Life Official TroutHeads gear makes great gifts and can be found only one place – www.troutheads.org! Proudly wear the official TroutHeads t-shirt or embroidered cap, or sport an official THI Staff shirt, cap, or field water bottle. Keep a journal in the official THInk Pad, or check out THI’s portfolio of river restoration projects in the latest THI Recent Work.

Just available at TroutHeads.org is a DVD or Blu-ray of the THI-sponsored film “Where the Yellowstone Goes.” TroutHeads are dedicated to preserving and protecting our precious environment and finned friends. Proceeds from all sales will go to the important work of restoring our coldwater resources. To find out if you are a TroutHead visit www.troutheads.org.


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Where the Yellowstone Goes – Acclaimed Documentary Released on DVD and iTunes

Chronicling a 31-day journey on the longest undammed river in the lower 48, the film covers major issues like the 2011 oil spill, along with sweet anecdotal stories and plenty of fly fishing, on one of America’s most wild and scenic rivers.

Director Hunter Weeks teams up with presenting sponsor Trout Headwaters, Inc. to present his fourth feature documentary film just released on DVD, Blu-ray, and digitally through iTunes. The DVD will be available everywhere, including Amazon.com and the film’s official website, wheretheyellowstonegoes.com. The full-length HD download will be available for $12.99 on iTunes Store, and the film can be rented in many locations including Netflix and iTunes.

Over the summer, a 30-city U.S.theatrical tour brought together packed houses of conservation, water, and fishing enthusiasts who overwhelmingly enjoyed the film. The film continues to be licensed for special one-night screenings in cities nationwide.

The DVD is a region-less disc featuring the 82-minute movie, deleted scenes, full-length interviews fromYellowstoneRiverenthusiasts Michael Leach and Al Kesselheim, and messages from Montana Office of Tourism and Trout Headwaters, two of the film’s sponsors. The Blu-ray includes Dolby 5.1 surround sound.

“This is a story about life on one of our greatest, most-preserved rivers. It explores some serious conservation issues along with great fishing, but ultimately is about each of our lives and the impact we make while we’re here,” said Hunter Weeks, director of the film.  

Where the Yellowstone Goes is sponsored by: Trout Headwaters Inc, Montana Office of Tourism, Simms Fishing Products, and Costa Sunglasses. A portion of all DVD and Blu-ray sales will be dedicated to conservation ofAmerica’s rivers.

Read more: http://www.wheretheyellowstonegoes.com/

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